For nearly five years, Timothy Carrol Smith used his union as a cash dispensary. He now has some time to think about the consequences. Last Friday, October 19, Smith, formerly secretary-treasurer for Association of Civilian Technicians Chapter 84, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to eight months in prison, plus three years of supervised release, for embezzling slightly over $80,000 in funds from the Anchorage-based union, which represents about 70 civilian employees at Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Air Force Base. Smith had pleaded guilty in April after being charged in February. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.
Smith, now 49, a resident of Wasilla, served in various positions with Civilian Technicians Chapter 84 during 2007-15. According to federal prosecutors, he used much of that time to enrich himself at the expense of dues-paying union members. During January 2011-September 2015, Smith used a union ATM card to make more than 200 cash withdrawals totaling nearly $60,000 and used a separate union debit card on more than 300 occasions to cover almost $21,000 in personal expenses. He also cashed a $600 union check in order to make an unauthorized purchase. Grand total: $80,990.61. Finally, Smith concealed his thefts by filing false financial reports with the U.S. Department of Labor. Union members no doubt are feeling relieved over the sentencing.